Dominican/Portuguese beauty Sessilee Lopez is the latest cover girl for Latina Magazine–and she’s dropping some knowledge on being pegged “a black girl” in the fashion industry.

“They automatically think I’m from Africa or Somalia!” she criticizes of the fashion industry, which she says immediately dismisses her as, “‘Oh, You’re a black girl!'”

Of being compared to black modeling greats Grace Jones and Iman, Lopez says, “That’s awesome. Are you kidding me? Me? I’m just me–I’m just this little dork!”

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After gracing the cover of Vogue Italia‘s “Black Issue” in July, model Jourdan Dunn breaks barriers of her own to become the first black model to land the cover of the UK edition of Vogue since Naomi Campbell covered it in 2002.

Although she shares the November cover with Eden Clark and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Blindie’s still ecstatic over Jourdan’s major accomplishments.

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Blindie’s assuming that this Italian Vogue thing is really catching on, as model Chanel Iman is featured on Time Magazine‘s Style & Design Issue.

In the issue, the magazine explores the recent trend of using black models, but argues that the industry “has often cycled through ethnicities,” noting its use of black models in the 70s, Brazilians in the 90s, and Russians & East Europeans most recently.

“White faces, however, have always been in vogue—not surprising, given that most of the decision makers in the industry are white,” the magazine observes.

Here’s to Chanel Iman’s small, yet necessary victories!

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To celebrate Italian Vogue’s success, Tyra Banks is shooting a tribute episode of her namesake (Emmy-winning!) talk show Tuesday in New York, with Blindie’s favorite supermodel-in-training Chanel Iman, the world’s first black supermodel Beverly Johnson, Veronica Webb, Noemie Lenoir and many others.

The model-mogul, who came on the modeling scene after Naomi Campbell’s rise to fashion fame and became the first black model to appear on the iconic Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, tranformed a Manhattan street into an asphalt runway.

“A lot of the times the fashion world doesn’t give a lot of attention to American Black girls from urban areas,” Banks, who has been an advocate for diversity in the fashion industry, told Ebony last year. “I don’t mean to pat my own back, but America’s Next Top Model pulled down the curtain to this world that people thought they couldn’t be a part of. Now every girl is like, ‘I want to be a model.’ I feel like the world is more accessible, but by no means is it less prestigious.”

The episode is scheduled to air in the beginning of Season 4 on September 11th.

PHOTO: AP

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